National radiotherapy plan ‘impossible to realise’ without more funding

Consolidation of radiotherapy services “will be impossible” without more money, a royal college has warned.

The Royal College of Radiologists said the benefits NHS England hopes to achieve by reorganising services into 11 regional networks from April will require “strategic funding”.

The reorganisation is intended to link-up cancer centres and led to “substantially improved outcomes, including higher cure rates”. NHS England published the service specification this month.

Full story in HSJ, 28 January 2019